Newseum in Washington, D.C.

555 Pennsylvania Ave.,Washington, DC 20001
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Overview

Focusing on the five freedoms of the First Amendment and free expression, the Newseum is considered one of the most interactive museums in the world. Covering everything from the birth of the radio to the Berlin Wall, this Washington DC museum is educational, intriguing, and bold. With 7 levels of hands-on, engaging exhibits, 15 galleries, and 15 theaters, the Newseum is a DC “must see.”

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • This museum focuses on freedom of expression and the 5 freedoms of the First Amendment (religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition.)
  • Closed New Year’s Day, Inauguration Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Located between the U.S. Capitol and the White House on historic Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Parking is available onsite at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. Hourly rates apply.

Description

from Newseum
The Newseum, headquartered in Washington, D.C., promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

Since opening in 2008, more than 7 million have visited its modern building located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue between the United States Capitol and the White House. The Newseum’s seven levels of interactive exhibits include 15 galleries and 15 theaters. Among the most memorable exhibits are the 9/11 Gallery Sponsored by Comcast, featuring the broadcast antennae from the top of the World Trade Center; the Berlin Wall Gallery, whose eight concrete sections are one of the largest pieces of the original wall outside Germany; and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, which features photographs from every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry dating back to 1942.

Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum experience also traces the evolution of electronic communication from the birth of radio, to the technologies of the present and the future.

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833jurgenp
Highland Park, Illinois
"Great for kids!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 21, 2019 NEW
Great museum for kids, with easy explanations of historical moments. Do not miss the FBI and 9-11 areas.
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GamecockFreddy
Hershey, Pennsylvania
"Informative"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 20, 2019 NEW
Didn’t know what to expect but we were blown away by the museum. It lived up to the hype and the recommendations. The view on top floor, Berlin Wall, 9/11, and the various newspapers from historic events are all must sees. Plan for a 1/2 day at least you will want to take your time.
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DarrenJ1020
Olathe, Kansas
"Lots of interesting information and exhibits"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed April 20, 2019 NEW
This is a really cool museum, especially if you're a history buff. I was also a journalism major in college, so it was especially interesting for me.
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krocking123
"Easily half day to 3/4 day"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 19, 2019 NEW
This place was amazing. I could read and listen to exhibits all day.. the 911 was very moving.. interesting news articles here. You can see all the headlines here. Everything news. Still not sure what news is lying and telling the truth. But really a great museum.
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RiceWP
Wellfleet, Massachusetts
"One of the best museums in Washington"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 17, 2019 NEW
While not part of the Smithsonian, the newsroom is not to be missed. It tells the story of journalism from the Gutenberg press all the way up to journalists killed in action today. My favorite demonstration of journalism is outside of the museum. 15 newspaper boxes, one from each state showing that days newspaper headlines from that state. It’s amazing how many different views there are of the same deezer events.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Newseum

Where is the museum located?
The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave.., N.W., Washington, DC, 20001.

What are the hours of operation?
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed New Year’s Day, Inauguration Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Hours are subject to change.

Is this museum appropriate for all ages?
Yes. In addition, children under the age of 6 can enter the museum for free.

How long does it take to tour the museum?
Touring the Newseum takes approximately 2 to 3 hours, depending on your group and your particular interests.

Is there an orientation film?
Yes. We recommend that all groups begin their tour with a four-minute orientation film that explains the Newseum’s numerous exhibits, galleries, and programs.

Where is the closest Metro rail stop?
The Archives/Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter station on the Green and Yellow Lines is approximately two blocks away. The Gallery Place and Judiciary Square stations on the Red Line are approximately four and two blocks away, respectively.

Are wheelchairs available?
Yes. A limited number of wheelchairs, scooters and walking aids are available on a first come, first-served basis.

Can I take pictures while at the museum?
Flash photography is allowed in most areas of the Newseum, except where it is expressly prohibited. Please consult with staff and signage for details.

Does the museum have a place to eat or purchase food?
Yes. The Food Section, located on the Concourse Level, offers a full selection of hot and cold entrée options. The restaurant seats approximately 150. Since food and drinks are not allowed inside the exhibit areas, no outside food or bag lunches are allowed.

Does the museum have a gift shop?
Yes.

What parking options are available at the museum?
The Newseum offers safe and affordable parking inside our building at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. The garage is open 7:00 am – 11:00 pm, Mon. – Sat. and 9:00 am – 11:00 pm on Sun. Rates are $10 for the first hour and $20 for over one hour, up to a full day. All day on weekends there will be a flat rate of $15. Entrance to the Newseum parking garage is on C Street.